|She got it all on Tuesday and with one exception, it was a deemed a good box!|
So that was her box. I am honestly gutted that the hat was too big. It is a slouch hat and I followed the directions without modification because I didn't have her measurements. It can't shrink because it's a mostly acrylic blend yarn. She did make a comment that she would cut off the band and add a wool one so that she can reshrink it when it stretches out of shape.
All in all, I had a great time with my first swap. I don't think I did too badly with creating my first box and I know for a fact that I was completely spoiled by my first package that I received. As my budget permits, I might toss my hat in for another one because I can see how this could get very addictive, and expensive, for a crafter. Our budge was to have a box of $40 value - I assume that is the average so upon my initial budget tweaking, I can participate once every four months... 3 swaps a year sounds like a great plan.
Who knows - maybe I'll host a swap next...